MANYNOOTH, Ireland – Alabama’s Kristen Gillman fired an 8-under par 65 on Thursday to as the United States rallied to take the lead after two rounds at the 2018 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship on Wednesday at Carton House Golf Club in Maynooth, Ireland.

Gillman’s round was part of a 16-under par day for the Americans as the U.S. (142-130/272) surged to 18-under par for the tournament and a one-shot lead over South Korea (140-133/273).

The Austin, Texas native is now in sixth place in the individual standings at 6-under par (74-65/139), seven shots behind leader Ayean Cho of South Korea (68-64/132), who is at 13-under par.

Team USA will begin third round play Friday.

Conducted by the International Golf Federation, the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship is a biennial international amateur golf competition rotated among three geographic zones – Asia-Pacific, American and European-African. Each team plays four days of 18 holes of stroke play. The two lowest scores from each team after each round are counted as the team score for the round. The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

The winning team receives the Espirito Santo Trophy. Members of the first-, second- and third-place teams receive gold, silver or bronze medals.